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RPS offers support to preregistration students after GPhC reports 41% pass rate Subscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has offered its support to preregistration pharmacists who are struggling to come to terms with their results following the September 2016 registration assessment.

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Pass rate for GPhC assessment drops below 50%

Just 40.8% of trainee pharmacists who sat the registration assessment in September 2016 passed, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has revealed in figures published on 28 October 2016.

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GPhC reveals training providers with 100% pass rate for preregistration pharmacists

At least 14 training providers recorded a 100% pass rate for their preregistration pharmacist trainees who took the registration assessment for the first time in June 2016, according to data published by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

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Pass rate for new GPhC registration assessment reaches four-year high

The pass rate for candidates who took the revamped registration assessment for new pharmacists in June 2016 is the highest it’s been for four years, the General Pharmaceutical Council has revealed.

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GPhC sheds light on lower pass rates in Black-African pharmacy students

An investigation into why Black-African trainee pharmacists perform less well in the registration assessments has been carried out by the General Pharmaceutical Council and the results suggest they could be more likely to struggle because many are also mature or overseas students.

Female student taking an exam

How to revise for the new pharmacy registration assessmentSubscription

Nadia Bukhari and Harsha Parmar provide tips for preregistration trainees sitting the registration assessment in its new format.

2015 looks like a year of transition. From new clinical opportunities to slow progress on reforming pharmacy education, the pharmacy landscape continues to shift amid a backdrop of austere UK public spending and the spectre of centralised dispensing

Review of 2015: ten developments that are changing pharmacySubscription

The pharmacy landscape continues to shift amid a backdrop of austere UK public spending and the rising spectre of centralised dispensing in the community. The Pharmaceutical Journal presents ten developments that affected pharmacists in 2015.

Career articles that give pharmacists practical advice on changing jobs, sectors or country of practice again proved popular with online readers of The Pharmaceutical Journal, Clinical Pharmacist and Tomorrow’s Pharmacist.

Top ten careers articles in 2015

Career articles that give pharmacists practical advice on changing jobs, sectors or country of practice again proved popular with online readers of The Pharmaceutical Journal, Clinical Pharmacist and Tomorrow’s Pharmacist.

Preregistration tutors must take their responsibility to trainees seriously and provide a supportive learning environment

Tutors can help address preregistration training problems nowSubscription

Preregistration tutors must take their responsibility to trainees seriously and provide a supportive learning environment.

The percentage of pharmacist trainees who passed the registration assessment in September 2015 was 64% - three percentage points higher than last September’s pass rate. In the image, students taking an exam

Pass rate for September 2015 registration assessment stands at 64%Subscription

The percentage of pharmacist trainees who passed the registration assessment in September 2015 was 64% — three percentage points higher than the September 2014 pass rate.

The way preregistration trainees are taught must be changed urgently to improve pass rates and better prepare them for practice

Introducing accreditation for tutors and innovative teaching methods will help improve registration pass ratesSubscription

The way preregistration trainees are taught must be changed in order to improve pass rates and preparation for practice.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has published the individual candidate results of graduates who sat the June 2015 registration assessment on its website.

GPhC publishes anonymised individual results for pharmacists’ registration assessmentSubscription

The professional regulator for pharmacists has published the individual candidate results of graduates who sat the June 2015 registration assessment on its website.

Heart failure treatment Entresto recommended for approval in Europe

Clinical Pharmacist’s monthly news round-up: the top 10 in the past monthSubscription

What’s been happening in the world of pharmacy? Here’s our pick of must-read news from the past month.

Guide to new registration assessmentSubscription

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has published a guide to the new registration assessment, which candidates will sit for the first time in 2016. The guide contains information about the format of the assessment and details about the registration assessment framework. It is available ...

The continuing difference in pass rates between hospital and community trainees for the pharmacy registration assessment has been described as a “cause for concern” by the professional regulator. In the image, a female student takes an exam

Disparity between pass rates for community and hospital trainees is cause for concern, says pharmacy regulatorSubscription

The continuing difference in pass rates between hospital and community trainees for the pharmacy registration assessment has been described as a “cause for concern” by the professional regulator.

Exam failures help control pharmacist numbersSubscription

The news story on research that correlated lower entry standards and registration assessment failure rates (The Pharmaceutical Journal

Questions from this summer’s professional registration assessment with advice about possible pitfalls and what the examiners are looking for have been released by the General Pharmaceutical Council. In the image, a young girl takes an exam

GPhC publishes exam questions for the first timeSubscription

Questions from this summer’s professional registration assessment with advice about possible pitfalls and what the examiners are looking for have been released for the first time by the General Pharmaceutical Council’s independent board of assessors.

Pharmacy students that join university courses with lower A level requirements or through “clearing” are more likely to fail the General Pharmaceutical Council registration assessment at their first sitting. In the image, students study for exams

Students trained at schools with lower entry standards more likely to fail GPhC registration examSubscription

Pharmacy students that join university courses with lower A-level requirements or through ‘clearing’ are more likely to fail the General Pharmaceutical Council registration assessment at their first sitting.

Is the registration exam failing trainees?Subscription

A cursory examination of pass rates of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration assessment reveals an astonishing level of variation, from a high of 94.5% in 2012 to an all-time low this year of 74.0%. Overall pass rates as published by the GPhC are as follows: 2011: 85.5% 2012: 94.5% 2013: 78.0% 2014: 85.3% 2015: 74.0%

A more clinically oriented registration assessment may disadvantage preregistration trainees in the community, who make up the largest sector. In the image, a long hospital corridor

Clinical assessment may not reflect everyday practiceSubscription

A more clinically oriented registration assessment may disadvantage preregistration trainees in the community, who make up the largest sector.

Nothing wrong with the quality of MPharm graduatesSubscription

The Pharmacy Schools Council is concerned about the news item which appears to declare the “failure” of the current MPharm degree in educating pharmacists for future roles (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:677). ...

Calculation exam could be done at universitySubscription

I agree with the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) view that the General Pharmaceutical Council’s registration assessment does not reflect current practice. To reduce some pressure, perhaps pharmacy students could sit the calculation exam while at university. The passing of this exam would ...

A total of 2,077 pre-registration trainee pharmacists out of 2,811 passed their June 2015 registration assessment, a pass rate of 74%, the General Pharmaceutical Council has announced. In the image, a young man studies for an exam

Pre-registration pharmacist June exam pass rate falls to 74%Subscription

A total of 2,077 pre-registration trainee pharmacists out of 2,811 passed their June 2015 registration assessment, a pass rate of 74%, the General Pharmaceutical Council has announced.

Preregistration trainees expressed concerns that questions in the General Pharmaceutical Council’s June 2015 registration assessment were too difficult or did not reflect current practice

Pharmacy students demand changes to registration assessmentSubscription

The British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association has called for changes to be made in how future pharmacists are assessed, after trainees and tutors complained about the June 2015 registration assessment.

In 2016, pre-registration trainees will sit the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) registration assessment in a new format. This article explains how tutors can help prepare their trainees throughout the year. In the image, a female student

How tutors can prepare students for the new GPhC registration assessmentSubscription

In 2016, pre-registration trainees will sit the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) registration assessment in a new format. Johanne Barry, who writes assessment questions for the GPhC, explains how tutors can make sure their trainees are ready.

Equipping future pharmacists with resourcesSubscription

Like many pharmacists I found the variation in registration assessment pass rates between institutions interesting, especially in terms of year-on-year variations within institutions. Claire Anderson (The Pharmaceutical Journal

Many factors affect the pre-registration assessment pass rateSubscription

As a part-time teacher at various schools of pharmacy and a past pre-registration tutor, I was intrigued to read the registration assessment results from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:546). However, the ...

’Registration exam question IV’, edited by Nadia Bukhari

Useful revision aid for the registration assessmentSubscription

‘Registration exam questions IV’, edited by Nadia Bukhari.

Pass rates for the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) registration assessment vary widely across UK schools of pharmacy, and the gap between universities has widened over the past four years

Pass rates for GPhC registration exam vary between universitiesSubscription

Pass rates for the General Pharmaceutical Council’s registration assessment vary widely across UK schools of pharmacy, and the gap has widened over the past four years.

How to overcome exam failure

Although no one sets out to fail their exams, some students may find themselves in that position. Michael Champion, secretary of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, explains how to cope if you do.

Tom Gray, head of professional and clinical leadership at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy and Claire Anderson, English Pharmacy Board member

Pre-registration training: is ‘good enough’ good enough?Subscription

Following reports of dissatisfaction with pre-registration training, Claire Anderson, English Pharmacy Board member, and Tom Gray, head of professional and clinical leadership at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy, ask whether the programme is fit for purpose.

The General Pharmaceutical Council has announced that the format of the assessment is set to change in 2016 to reflect changes in practice and the changes to the pharmacy degree that it introduced four years ago.

An overview of the changes to the pharmacy registration assessment in 2016Subscription

The registration exam is set for an overhaul in 2016. Emma Page lays out the main changes.

Changes to the pre-registration assessment will ensure trainees can apply their knowledge in practice using a wide range of resources

Testing applied knowledge in the registration assessment is a welcome moveSubscription

Changes to the pre-registration assessment will ensure trainees can apply their knowledge in practice using a wide range of resources.

How to dress so you look professional, presentable and approachable in a pharmacy

Look sharp! How to dress so you look professional, presentable and approachable in a pharmacySubscription

Do you need to wear a white coat to be taken seriously? Sasa Jankovic finds out that it is attitude more than appearance that influences customers’ perceptions of you.

The quality of a pharmacist's resume alone can be the difference between outright rejection and securing an interview

How to write a successful pharmacy CVSubscription

Pharmacy recruitment specialist from Your World Healthcare Sean Brown shares the secrets to compiling a CV that will give you the best chance of getting an interview and securing a job.

General Pharmaceutical Council announces revamp of pharmacists' registration exam

Pharmacists’ registration exam set to become more clinical in 2016Subscription

The General Pharmaceutical Council has announced plans to make the assessment papers that pre-registration pharmacists take to qualify more clinical in focus.

Trainee pharmacists attend a revision course to prepare for their registration assessment

How trainee pharmacists can be supported through the registration examSubscription

Nadia Bukhari, chairwoman of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society pre-registration panel, and panel member Oksana Pyzik, both from UCL School of Pharmacy, describe the support that trainees can access through RPS events.

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The registration assessment: articles and tips

In need of some last-minute advice for your registration assessment? Look no further…

The date professional registration assessment in the summer 2015 for pharmacy students may be rescheduled to allow Muslim students to observe Ramadan.

Pharmacy exam date may change for Ramadan, says General Pharmaceutical CouncilSubscription

The professional registration exam may be rescheduled next year to allow Muslim students to observe Ramadan.

Facing the hospital preregistration interview

Helen Caley was interviewed for her hospital preregistration placement this time last year. Here, she shares her tips and advice.

Preregistration interview at hospital

How to prepare for your hospital preregistration interviewSubscription

Well done — you have secured a preregistration interview in a hospital. How are you going to make that all-important first impression and secure a job offer? Gill Shelton and colleagues offer an insight into the interview process and the characteristics that the recruiter will be looking for.

Student pass rate jumps from 78% to 85% for summer registration exam

The pharmacy student pass rate for the summer registration exam has risen from 77.8% in 2013 to 85.3% in 2014.

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How you should prepare for the registration assessmentSubscription

How can you get through the registration assessment unscathed? This article covers advice and revision tips from current tutors, as well as views from two current preregistration trainees.

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Pass rate for September exam up to almost 70 per centSubscription

This September’s registration assessment saw 69.2 per cent of the 760 preregistration candidates passing the examination, the General Pharmaceutical Council announced today (25 October 2013). This compares with a pass rate of 58.2 per cent in September 2012.

How to get a head start with summer placements in hospital pharmacySubscription

Are you thinking of applying for a summer placement in hospital? Here are some tips to keep you ahead of the game

Rotating your way through a hospital preregistration post: what you need to knowSubscription

Preregistration trainees Christine Wassef and Talitha Orlandi give you a guide about a hospital preregistration post and provide tips to help you progress smoothly through your training

My summer placement at The Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, was split over different departments so that I would have a diverse range of experience

My summer placement experience at Barts Health NHS TrustSubscription

Amita Aggarwal spent a month completing a summer placement at Barts Health NHS Trust, London. Here she describes her experience and what she has learnt

Exam Revision and Registration as a Pharmacist

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Many trainees believe the best way to approach cross-sector or rotational placements is to write a check list stipulating what it is you wish to gain, learn and improve on during this learning opportunity

Need help with getting through your preregistration year and revising for the registration assessment? Read on... Subscription

As a brand new preregistration year kicks off, Eamonn Joseph McArdle provides advice to new trainees on how to plan their training year and be prepared for the final assessment

ONtrack (review)

Preregs have a number of resources available to help them pass the registration exam.  The list includes workbooks, workshops, mockpapers, books and websites.  But few areas authoritative and useful as ONtrack,

All Resources for preregistration trainees

Special report

Community pharmacy cuts

On 21 March, the UK High Court will consider two legal actions against the government’s decision to cut community pharmacy funding. The joint hearing will consider cases put forward by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and the National Pharmacy Association (NPA). Follow the judicial review with The Pharmaceutical Journal’s special report on community pharmacy cuts.

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